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National Guard to honor Death March survivors at Camp Ripley

CAMP RIPLEY - The Minnesota National Guard will honor eight surviving Bataan Death March survivors Sunday

They will be honored as part of the Court of Honor Induction Program at 1 pm Sunday at Camp Ripley The program started in 1933 as the Memorialization Ceremony

The Bataan Death March survivors from the Brainerd-based 194 Tank Battalion will be honored

Between 1954 and 1965, eight deceased Minnesota National Guard Soldiers were honored by having a street or terrain renamed for them

During the 1980s, 110 service members were memorialized This also is when the first living people began to be honored as part of the event

In 1988, the Court of Honor Induction program began where service members' names were etched in stone for the first time instead of being recognized at various locations around Camp Ripley

Since 1988, ceremonies have been scheduled during even numbered years

By 1992, five more names were added to the Court of Honor along with four areas or locations being named after service members

In 2006, the ceremony name was changed to the Court of Honor Induction Program

By 2009, a special recognition was added to the ceremony to recognize people for their sacrifices, bravery and historical significance

Four former Soldiers from the 175th Field Artillery Regiment, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division were honored as the first Americans to fire on the enemy in Europe during World War II

Since 1933, 384 people have been memorialized at Camp Ripley

Camp Ripley is at 15000 Minnesota Highway 115 near Little Falls

October 2, 2010
Times staff report


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"General Jensen has been a tremendous leader of the Minnesota National Guard throughout his years of dedicated service," said Governor Dayton. "He has served in two top leadership positions, as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, and also as the Chief of Staff at the Guard's Joint Force Headquarters. I am confident that he will continue to provide the same outstanding leadership as his predecessor, General Rick Nash."

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Posted: 2017-10-04  11:22 AM
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The 151st Field Artillery draws its lineage from the 1st Regiment, Minnesota Heavy Artillery of 1864 which fought two major campaigns in Tennessee during the Civil War.



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Posted: 2017-09-29  02:25 PM
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